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conchscooter 09-27-2006 03:57 AM

Re: Design your own 'perfect' motorcycle.
Triumph Thruxton

Belt Drive

Hard Bags

Quarter fairing

seat height 29 inches

The_AirHawk 09-27-2006 04:08 AM

Re: Design your own 'perfect' motorcycle.
OH, moto-mfgrs make LOTS of accessories for their motos - just nothing for the US domestic market. Case in point - look at the "accesories" for any particular model on Yamaha USA's website - then look at the same model on Yamaha UK.

mikenomad 09-27-2006 04:17 AM

Re: Design your own 'perfect' motorcycle.
A sport-touring Buell. Basically, a non-"adventure" version of the Ulysses with a low seat like the "cg" versions of the XB12S Lightning.

anrajala 09-27-2006 04:26 AM

Re: Design your own 'perfect' motorcycle.
I would have that 171 hp on the rear wheel Kawi engine on a Fat Boy frame with chromed wheels. No bags but Royal Star's hinged saddle with a very minimum of storage space underearth, just enough for very thin nylon/polyvinyl emergency rainpants, miniature tube of suntan lotion and one condom.

Also from Royal. double front disks, hydraulic clutch and aluminum billet floor boards with hardened steel wear pieces. Steeper inclination capability. Electrically adjustable wind screen with quick non-tool release system.

- cruiz-euro

pplassm 09-27-2006 04:45 AM

Re: Fuel cell bike
I'll take 2, please.

pplassm 09-27-2006 04:46 AM

Re: Design your own 'perfect' motorcycle.
Somewhere on the web I saw a picture of a bike like that with a Hayabusa engine. Cool!

desertbilly 09-27-2006 04:56 AM

Re: Design your own 'perfect' motorcycle.
A modern Hawk -- V-Twin, 750 to 800cc, 85-90 hp, solid torque, free-revver, good suspension, adjustability in the seat, bars and pegs to suit tall fellows, under 400 lbs, runs forever, simple, light, fun, versatile, reasonably priced.

Thank you.

maladg 09-27-2006 05:18 AM

Re: Design your own 'perfect' motorcycle.
Kinda ditto that - Updated Sport Touring Hawk:

1000-1200 90 degree V-Twin

Outstanding handling

Fully adjustible suspension

Mostly visible engine

minimal use of plastic

200-250 mile range NOT including reserve

MONSTER low and mid range - but sweet up top

Useful luggage

BMW grade load capacity - say 450 lbs

Rangy and roomy for creaky knees and cranky wife

Chain, shaft, belt -who cares as long as transparent.

Deep and well thought out accessories a la BMW

Routine maintence procedures thought out well enough so that us home brew wrenches ain't completely left out in the cold.

Don't dare rush it to market and don't DARE use us as "beta testers"

Think of the SuperHawk as a sort of starting point. I couldn't care less who builds it.

And finally, make it something the crusier crowd wouldn't be caught DEAD on...

James_Brown 09-27-2006 05:18 AM

Re: Vulcan Nomad

BikerJC 09-27-2006 05:19 AM

Re: Design your own 'perfect' motorcycle.
A Ducati 916 with working electrics, no flaking rocker arms, and 18 000 mile valve adjustments with MBP collets. I'm 1/3 of the way there.

Comfort is for Goldwings, I'm quite happy with a torture rack sport bike.

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